The Alliance Valorant roster is now finally completed with the introduction of Alexandre “xms” Forté, a former professional CS:GO player who retired in late 2020. Just weeks earlier, on February 26th, the organisation parted ways with a Lithuanian player Vilius “krea6oN” Malinauskas, who spent a brief month with the team. Now that the vacant spot has been filled, Alliance can continue full steam ahead into the Valorant Champions Tour Masters.
Xms continues his career in Valorant
The new trend of ex-CS:GO players searching for greener pastures in Valorant continues. Many still swear by Counter-Strike, and will continue to do so, but the success Valorant is enjoying right now is undeniable. It’s not just the pros from other games entering this new territory, but also a large number of top tier streamers such as shroud and Dr Disrespect. All of these factors combined have led to a mass exodus from CS:GO.
Xms is also one of those players who first started his career in CS:GO and ended it after five successful years. However, once Valorant emerged so did his drive to compete. He jumped straight into action and landed into Team Finest, an Israeli esports organisation. Although his stay was brief, it served as a stepping stone that would eventually lead him to Alliance. The team’s captain Fearoth, as well as luckeRRR, are both experienced players with a long history in CS:GO so they’ll synergize well together.
In a TwitLonger post, xms expressed his gratitude to Alliance, saying :
“Joking aside I am now happy to announce that I am on trial for 3 months with Alliance and I thank them for their trust. I will do everything to share my knowledge and experience of CS and win as many titles as possible with the team.”
He also used this opportunity to reflect on the days spent with his former teammates, thanking them for the month they enjoyed together:
“Thank you very much for this “short” month with you, I learned a lot about the game but also about the IRL side and I want to say that you are GREAT people and perfect teammates.”
The road to Masters
Stage 1 of VCT Masters in Europe starts in just a few days. With a completed roster and the wind in their sails, Alliance are prepared to face the competition and fight for the $150,000 prize and VCT Circuit Points.
Alliance blundered in the first stage of Challengers, but they more than made up for it in the second round. They were heavily underestimated and missed the initial spotlight, but the crew used this to their advantage and pushed forward into the Masters.
Signing xms could prove to be a game-changing decision for the organisation, given his extensive background in CS:GO. They have more options to work with, and can employ different tactics that some other Valorant teams might not be familiar with. If they can pull off a blitz and surprise their opponents, it should give them enough wiggle room to secure a top spot and wrap up the event.
The current Alliance roster:
- Enzo “Fearoth” Mestari
- Tautvydas “hype” Paldavicius
- Thomas “kAdavra” Johner
- Niels “luckeRRR” Jasiek
- Alexandre “xms” Forté